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Harata Rewiri Tarapata

Episode:49Te Papa Collection:Art and Photography

Suggested curriculum levels:3 – 8

Curriculum connections:English: Listening, Reading, and Viewing, The Arts: Understanding the Arts in Context Communicating and Interpreting

Description:A well-travelled Māori beauty has made a welcome homecoming to the Whangarei Art Museum. C F Goldie's portrait of Harata Rewiri Tarapata is reunited with her Ngāpuhi descendants.

Questions for students

  1. What do the words 'dispersal' and 'repatriate' mean in this context? In what other contexts could each word be used? Give some examples.
  2. How did Whangarei Art Museum come to have this painting? Explain the local connections and the process of handing the painting over to the museum.
  3. The presenter says Harata Rewiri Tarapata was a famous beauty – a celebrity – in her time, although the painting shows her as an old woman. Compare the way beauty was recorded in the past with how it is recorded now. Use the 'Then and now' response template to record the different ways we capture images of beauty.
  4. The narrator says that the artist, Charles Frederick Goldie, believed Māori were a dying race. How is this belief reflected in his paintings? Use this and other paintings of his to critically evaluate Goldie's work.
  5. What questions do you need to ask about the subject, the artist and the context to understand an art work from another era? Using the work of a different artist, consider the sources of information that would help you research and answer such questions.

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Then and now